Adapted Programs - What to Expect

(Updated on March 21, 2022)

We look forward to having you participate in our camp programs! Please see important details below.

Registered Programs - Pre-registration is required for registered programs. Register online at e-PLAY or pay in-person at one of our recreation facilities (A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C.).

Drop-Ins & Memberships - To learn about admission to drop-in activities and memberships, please visit our Pass Validation webpage.

Facility Access & Self-Monitoring
  • Pre-registration is required for all programs and activities. Visit e-PLAY to register online.
  • Patrons are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms prior to attending a recreation program and to not enter a Town of Aurora facility if feeling unwell.
Face Masks are No Longer Mandatory in Town Facilities 
  • Effective March 21, 2022, masks will no longer be mandatory for visitors or participants at all Town of Aurora facilities, in accordance with Provincial legislation. Visitors/participants may choose to continue to wear masks and are encouraged to do so, particularly in areas with large crowds or confined spaces. We are asking that anyone entering our facilities conduct a COVID-19 self- assessment and if you are experiencing symptoms to stay home.
Cleaning and Sanitization 
  • High touch surface areas will be cleaned and sanitized between programs and activities throughout the day.
  • Program supplies and equipment will be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
  • In some cases, individual program supplies will be provided.

Inclusion Services

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The Town of Aurora welcomes and encourages residents of all abilities to have equitable and meaningful access to recreation opportunities. This is accomplished through specialized programming, individualized support options and accessible facilities for patrons with disabilities or unique needs.

Participant Intake Form 

The Town of Aurora Inclusion Services works closely with families and participants to create a successful, safe, and meaningful recreation experience for all participants. As a part of the intake process, information is collected to help prepare our staff, programming and environment to accommodate the unique needs of participants. All participants who require additional support, adaptations, or are attending a program with a Town of Aurora Inclusion 1:1 Support Staff should fill out the Participant Intake Form. This intake form is confidential and will only be provided to the staff and/or volunteers working directly with a participant in a registered program. This form should be completed at minimum every 2 years to ensure the most up-to-date and accurate information. Please complete the electronic Participant Intake Form by clicking the button below.

Participant Intake Form 

Mediator Passes 
Mediator Passes are available to allow the individual requiring support to be accompanied by a Mediator into our Aquatics, Fitness, Gymnasium drop-in programs and pay as you go activities without additional cost to the Mediator. Please contact the respective coordinator for more information, or speak with our Customer Service Representatives to obtain a pass.

Integrated Opportunities

Participant Support 

Participants require additional support if the following applies.

  • They have extra support at school or at home;
  • A physical, medical, or developmental/learning disability exists that affects the safety of others;
  • Extra support is required at home for basic care such as dressing and toileting;
  • The individual is currently associated with a support agency or program; or
  • There are challenging behaviours to be managed. 
Additional Support 

Participants with disabilities and unique needs are encouraged to take part in year-round recreation programs that suit their interests and hobbies.

If assistance is required outside of the typical staff to participant ratio, participants have two options for support (see below).

External Support

Individuals may attend a registered program with their own external support person arranged by the individual family. An external support person can include a parent, family member, personal support staff, etc. External Support Persons must provide a recent Police Vulnerable Sector Screening to Inclusion Services prior to the start of the program.

Town of Aurora Inclusion Staff

Town of Aurora Inclusion Staff are available to support participants in a 1:1 capacity to be integrated into a mainstream recreational program. In most cases, 1:1 support can be arranged, however we ask families to provide at least two weeks notice prior to the start of a program to allow for adequate time to confirm a staff member. 


Adapted Opportunities

The Town of Aurora offers specialized programs specifically designed for participants with special needs. These adapted programs have smaller staff to participant ratios, modified instruction, and an overall more sensory aware environment.

Program Locations

  • A.C.C. - Aurora Community Centre
  • A.F.L.C. - Aurora Family Leisure Complex
  • S.A.R.C. - Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex
  • Zoom - Virtual Online

Pre-registration is required for registered programs and recommended for drop-in activities. Register online at e-PLAY or pay in-person at one of our recreation facilities (A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C.).

Virtual Adapted Programs - FAQ's

Virtual Programs Intake Form

Frequently Asked Questions 

Please see below for some for FAQ's.

Does my participant need to attend the virtual program with a parent/guardian? 
It is not mandatory that a parent or guardian attend the virtual program with their participant. We encourage independence and would like participants to attend at a level in which they are comfortable. However, if your participant requires consistent technical support with virtual programming or assistance with muting/unmuting their microphone, we suggest a parent or guardian stay nearby for the duration of the program.
Does the Zoom meeting platform used have password protection?
Yes, the Zoom meeting is set-up on a corporate Zoom account and requires a password to enter. Only those who have formally registered and completed intake with Town of Aurora full-time staff will be accepted into the program.
Can non-residents participate in this program?
Yes, non-residents can participate in this program.
What kind of technology is required to participate in this program?
Participants will require either a laptop, desktop computer, iPad or mobile phone with reliable internet access to participate in this program. Preferably, participants should have a camera or webcam to participate, as all staff and participants are invited to be on-camera. A Zoom account is not required to participate. Prior to the program start date, participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and passcode. Individuals should click the link provided in that email to access the virtual program and will be entered into a waiting room. Full-time staff will add approved participants into the program once it starts.
My participant does not have a formalized disability, can they still participate? 
Participants of any and all abilities are welcome to participate in this program, regardless of formal disability or not. Those who participate must be able to follow the Code of Conduct, which will be sent via email prior to the program start date. 
My participant does not fit in the age range of this program – are they still eligible to participate?
Age exemptions will be made on a case-by-case basis and are dependent on a few different factors. Those requiring an age override to participate in this program should reach out to the Community Programmer to determine if this is possible. Please email Chiara Walsh for assistance.
Adapted Programs

Adapted Programs are recreational programs specifically designed for participants with disabilities and unique needs. 

Play-Ability: Participants of all abilities are welcomed into this adapted stay and play program specifically designed for children with disabilities. A 1:3 staff to participant ratio will be provided. This program will focus on the development of gross motor skills, a variety of movement skills, turn taking and sharing. Participants must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or support person. 

Move-Ability: It’s time for a dance party! In this adapted program, participants of all abilities will engage in a variety of movement activities that promote physical literacy, rhythm, and coordination. Participants will partake in an engaging warm-up, sing-alongs, and interactive movement songs. This program will include an opportunity for freestyle in order to develop and promote self-expression and confidence. This program is offered at a 1:3 staff to participant ratio. Participants must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or support person.

Soc-Ability: Come and join this virtual social club for youth and young adults of all abilities. Join us weekly for an online hang out session specifically designed for youth and young adults. Soc-Ability virtual sessions will include simple activities, facilitated social discussion, and other theme-focused chats with friends! This program will have a focus on meeting new people, practicing social and life skills, and socializing in a safe, adapted and supported space. All abilities are welcome.

For more information, check out the Inclusion Services section of our Program Guide.

Adapted Aquatic Options

Aquatic Participant Intake Form

Swimming is a very important life skill to learn for safety around water, fitness and fun. Aquatics has three opportunities to support all swimmers to learn how to swim.

Adaptive Privates: Specifically designed for swimmers with disabilities, and will feature one swimmer with one instructor focusing on specific skills requiring attention. Note - Currently, this is the only opportunity available. As we re-open and move through the pandemic, the below opportunities will be made available.

Inclusive Aquatics Program: Specifically designed for swimmers with disabilities, and will feature one swimmer with one instructor, in a group class. Participants join levels, based on the swim level being worked on, with the instructor helping them along the way.

Aqua Buddies: This is our volunteer program, where we look to pair the swimmer with a volunteer for the duration of the program you wish to register for. An Aqua Buddy may be available for any swim program at either complex, any day of the week, based on availability of our volunteers.

Registration will be completed online using our e-PLAY system. To ensure access, please complete the Aquatic Participant Intake Form prior to registering, and wait for approval from an Aquatic Staff member. Please email our Aquatic Staff for more information.


Contact

If you have any questions or require more information on Inclusion Services and finding the right program for an individual, please contact:

Julie Stephenson
Community Programmer
365-500-3163
Email Julie Stephenson

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